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Antivirus pioneer McAfee on the run from murder charge

Software millionaire says cops are out to kill him

 John McAfee Murder

Millionaire security software company founder John McAfee is on the run, accused of murdering his neighbour.

McAfee was one of the first software developers to design anti-virus software. He founded McAfee Associates in 1987, having worked at Lockheed, NASA and Xerox. It later became Network Associates before being renamed McAfee.

It was eventually bought by Intel for $US7.68 billion (£5 billion). McAfee anti-virus products are still popular, and the company has branched out into mobile security with antivirus software for Android phones and tablets.

The 67-year-old, who was born in England but raised in the US, sold his stake in the company in 1994.

McAfee is said to have amassed a $100m (£63m) fortune from his anti-virus software. He claims that he lost all but £4m of the fortune in the financial crisis.

He was working as a yoga instructor. Gizmodo claims that he had been behaving erratically and experimenting with psychoactive drugs.

He was living on the island of Ambergris Cave, which is off the coast of Belize, when his neighbour Gregory Faull, 52, was found dead, face up in a pool of blood in his home on Sunday morning (November 10).

Faull, an American, was found by his housekeeper with a gunshot wound to his head, believed to be from a 9mm Luger. An iPhone and laptop were said to be missing but there were no signs of forced entry to the property.

McAfee claims he buried himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head to evade police when they came to question him about the murder.

Marco Vidal, the head of Belize’s anti-organised crime brigade, says McAfee is wanted for homicide. "He is not a murder suspect. He is a person of interest and he is wanted for questioning,” said a police spokesman.

Faull had last week filed a complaint against McAfee’s dogs.

McAfee claimed that his dogs had been poisoned last Friday, although he suspected the Belize authorities rather than his neighbour.

McAfee denies killing his neighbour and instead claims that the Belize government has a vendetta against him and would kill him if they found him.

He said: "Under no circumstances am I going to willingly talk to the police in this country. You can say I'm paranoid about it, but they will kill me, there is no question.

"They’ve been trying to get me for months. They want to silence me. I am not well liked by the prime minister. I am just a thorn in everybody's side."

He claims he went on the run because he feared that he was the real target of the shooting.

In a telephone interview in Wired he said: "I thought maybe they were coming for me. They mistook him for me. They got the wrong house. They killed him. It spooked me out."

Last May cops raided McAfee's home looking for drugs and guns, but he was released without charge.

He claims he was arrested at the time because he refused to make a donation to a local politician’s campaign.


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